BATON ROUGE, La. – Two Louisiana 4-H’ers were recognized for their winning submissions in a grazing management essay contest sponsored by the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council. The awards were presented during a luncheon on Jan. 11 at the American Forage and Grassland Council annual conference.
Westin Cobb, of Livingston Parish, was named first-place winner, and Kailey Bailey, of Beauregard Parish, placed second. Cobb was awarded a cash prize of $200, and the Livingston Parish 4-H program received $450. Bailey received a $100 cash prize, and the Beauregard Parish 4-H program received $250.
The funds for the award came from Teddy Gentry, a member of the country band Alabama. Gentry owns Bent Tree Farm near Fort Payne, Alabama, that focuses on raising grass-fed beef and where he developed the South Poll breed of cattle.
Gentry, who participated in 4-H and FFA in his youth, gave his $1,000 speaker fee to fund the special contest.